Fashion Friday

Fashion Friday, Aug. 16: A “Basic” You Don’t Need – The Button Down Shirt

I don’t know who started the idea that a white button down shirt is a closet essential, but I’m here to tell you that under no circumstances is is necessary in a wardrobe.

When I started to get more into clothes, I watched “closet essential” videos on YouTube to learn what basic are important and must haves in a wardrobe, especially if you want to build your closet from the ground up. So many channels swore by the white button down as a key piece in any outfit aiming for a sense of professionalism or sophistication. And they aren’t wrong: a white button down can be used to add a flair of class.

That DOESN’T mean it’s necessary. In fact, for some people (like myself) its best to avoid them all together. I am a more busty and curvaceous person, which I have embraced. What I didn’t know a few years ago is that when you are curvier, some pieces of clothing in outlet stores will not be your friend. This includes the button front shirt. In a world when going up in size can be a source of shame or embarrassment (which is thankfully changing), button front shirts can be a menace. Unless cut to accommodate a bust, button front shirts will often pucker and distort around the center buttons instead of the fabric itself stretching. This means if you are bustier and a shirt fits you in the waist, it’s likely that the shirt will be stretching around the girls. To get a shirt to fit your chest, you may have to go up multiple sizes. If you struggle with body image, seeing those size numbers go up might be more demoralizing than that shirt is worth.

By no means am I saying if you are busty you can’t wear a button down shirt. You can! However, it is extremely important to remember that the number on the tag is arbitrary, and buying a larger size to accommodate your breasts and then going to a tailor to make the garment fit properly all around is probably your best bet.

Any white blouse can serve as a great alternative! My favorite white blouse is one that you saw in my most recent OOTD post. (Check it out!) Being sleeveless, blousy, and featuring a bow accent, I don’t have to worry about feeling restricted or looking unprofessional. The blousing (often not in a white button down) hides any excess tummy I might have that day or feel self-conscious about (We all have those days.). The v-neck helps to elongate the body with a sense of verticality, and the bow adds a classy, feminine detail! I feel oodles more confident in this top than I ever had in a button front shirt.

Thanks for swinging by and giving a read!

❤ Zeebs

Selfie Sundays

Selfie Sunday, Jul 7: Outfits of the Day – Using Color

The first outfit is has a funky and casual feel. This patterned top is full of vibrant color. I adore the three quarter length sleeves. They can help create a feeling of femininity with more coverage than a t-shirt. I would wear this out for a fun casual event like a barbecue, karaoke, or a diner dinner. It can work as a shopping outfit. The sleeves can provide that perfect amount of additional warmth from powerful air conditioning during the heat of the day. The skirt is a simple a-line, easily removable in the dressing room and has some stretch to accommodate lunch! :p

The second has a more toned-down air to it. The neutral navy shorts and black base color of the blouse, the focus of the outfit is the beautiful color play in the blouse. I love the blush pink, mustard yellow, white, and red together. The sleeves are elastic at the ends, which allows me to control the exact length of the sleeves – so important, being petite like me!! Pushing the elastic up, the blouse subtly incorporates the trend of sleeve volume. The navy shorts are a little longer than short shorts of past years (Thank goodness! I don’t like feeling like I’m spilling out all day.). They keep the modest/class factor while the outfit remains casual and breathable in the hot summer weather!

The third and last is a business casual, brunch worthy ensemble. The bold yellow (a trend this summer) lace top and turquoise trousers make bold statement. I actually wore this when I studied abroad. With grey suede heels and lace top, texture is also at play in this outfit. The grey allows the pants and shirt to shine. Bold and elegant!

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and these outfits served as inspiration for you! Happy first ever Selfie Sunday! ❤ Zeebs